Chairman Jerry Kuennen Family Programs

Founded by a parish priest, the Knights of Columbus has always worked hard to encourage young men and women to consider God’s call to service in the priesthood or religious life.

Under the motto “Keep the Faith Alive,” the Order’s vocations initiative has a number of programs based on prayer and designed to reach the hearts and minds of young people, as well as to provide financial support during their years of seminary training or religious formation.

In keeping with Knights of Columbus tradition, an attractive new vocations tool has just been released that should serve as the centerpiece of your council’s vocations programs.

The DVD – “Everyone Has a Vocation to Love. What’s Yours?” (#50046) – combines five Knights of Columbus vocations films onto one digital video disk. Featured are The Vocation to the Priesthood, The Vocation to the Religious Life for Men, The Vocation to the Religious Life for Women, The Vocation to Marriage and the recently completed, The Vocation of the Laity.

Although the focus of the Order’s vocations programs is on encouraging men to consider the priesthood or religious life and women to consider religious life, the DVD also includes films on the lay vocations to underline the fact that everyone is called through their Baptism to serve God, the Church and their neighbors.

The heart of the Order’s vocations effort continues to be the Refund Support Vocations Program (RSVP) by which assemblies, councils and Squires circles provide monetary and moral support for seminarians and postulants who are preparing for the priesthood or religious life.

In addion the following Vocations Scholarships are available from the Knights of Columbus

  • Fr. Michael J. McGivney Vocations Scholarship
  • Bishop Thomas V. Daily Vocations Scholarship
  • Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships
  • John W. McDevitt Scholarship
  • Endowed Scholarships
  • Matthews and Swift Educational Trust Scholarships
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